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Military and music in perfect harmony for retired Navy officer

May 23, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Debbie Goodwin followed her father in some major aspects of life: she took up an instrument and, as a teen, joined her dad in the Lafayette Band; she chose the same career path, too, logging 22 years in the U.S. Navy; and like, her dad, she met her spouse in the service, too.
It is a military family with a musical flourish.
Her dad, the late Robert Rice, retired as a Navy Lieutenant Commander; her mom, Nettie, was in the Navy Nurses Corps for eight years during World War II. Debbie’s husband, Tom, retired after a combined 29-and-a-half years in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Exeter budget closer to adoption

May 22, 2011

EXETER—Last Thursday evening, the Exeter Town Council held a special public hearing on its proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year and it appears that every member of the public that attended seemed to support the proposal as written.
So, at the very least, three local residents are on board so far.

Thornton suggests offering early retirement incentives

May 21, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—In his latest attempt to reduce the 2011-2012 school budget, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton presented a new list of recommended cuts totaling $771,566 Tuesday afternoon during the School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee meeting. If approved, these cuts would result in the elimination of 10 class sections at NK High School, two third-shift custodians at the high school and cause a six percent reduction in funding for the athletic department.

Rolling Green hearing stalls

May 20, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A planned public hearing to discuss an amendment to the comprehensive plan of North Kingstown began with a presentation by the Consensus Building Institute on how plans to bring a mixed-use development to the intersection of South County Trail and Ten Rod Road would affect those closest to it and ended with applicant Mark Hawkins sitting in a chair exhausted, his head in his hands, no closer to a decision than he was when he walked in.

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May 19, 2011

How far would you go to make sure your child has access to everything her fellow schoolmates have?
That's a question that's been on the mind of North Kingstown's Lisa Windham for quite some time now.
Her daughter Laura, a first-grader at Fishing Cove Elementary School, was born with spastic paraplegia, a neuromuscular disease similar to cerebral palsy and for much of Laura's young life, her mother has had to battle to get handicapped-accessible playgrounds so her child can enjoy recess with her classmates.
Read all about Laura's long journey in this week's Standard Times.

WMS goes from ‘junkyard’ to nationals

May 18, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—When Wickford Middle School teacher Nancy LaPosta-Frazier talks about the members of her Science Olympiad team this year, she can’t help being impressed by their focus and dedication.
“I’ve been blessed with the group I have,” she says. “They come in, we have snack time from 2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., they eat their animal crackers and then we get down to business.”
And business, it appears, is about to pick up.

Local liquor stores get a new tool to fight fake IDs

May 17, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—If you’re under 21 years old and are thinking of buying alcohol or tobacco, you might want to think again.
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of North Kingstown’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the North Kingstown Police Department and local liquor store owners, there’s a new tool, an identification recognition scanner, designed to curb the use of fake identification.
The scanner looks much like an old-school credit card swipe machine but with new-school electronics.

Crime heats up in North Kingstown as temperatures rise

May 16, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The economy is down and thievery is up.
According to North Kingstown Police Capt. Patrick Flanagan, a recently-promoted veteran with 24 years on the force, certain crime cycles can be observed. North Kingstown is starting a new one: stealing metal to resell as scrap has become the hot trend.

Tell Me Your Story: Jamestown’s Charlene Tuttle reveals the science of winning

May 15, 2011

JAMESTOWN – Charlene Tuttle moves among the short desks in her science class at the K-4th grade school on Melrose Avenue, encouraging and guiding her charges with cheerful positive reinforcement.
To get their attention, she says, “Face me; body towards me. You’ll be sharing [the materials]. Thanks, kids, for listening!”
Later she says “Nice job!” when one responds correctly to a question.

SRIN wins five RIPA awards

May 14, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Southern Rhode Island Newspapers (SRIN) won a total of five awards in this year’s annual Rhode Island Press Association (RIPA) Editorial contest.
Paul J. Spetrini, editor of the North Kingstown Standard-Times, was awarded first place in the Sports Story Category for his coverage of the 2010 RIIL girls softball Division II State Championship victory by the Exeter-West Greenwich Scarlet Knights.

 

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